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Orange Street, Osaka (cafe and shopping) (Part 1)

If Shinsaibashi Shopping Street is too touristy, mainstream, crowded and loud for you, then I would recommend you to explore the nearby ORANGE STREET Osaka, located just within a leisure 20-minute walk. The 800 meters Orange Street is gaining popularity among the hipster crowd in Osaka with its small cluster of quaint and chic cafes, …

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12 Essential Winter Items to buy in Japan Directly

Singapore’s all-year Summer season leaves us with no experience in surviving natural snow and winter climate. As such, Singaporeans on their first trip to winter countries typically feels excited (about witnessing the snow ? ☃) and yet nervous at the same time. In fact, I was so anxious to equip myself against the cold climate that my luggage for my first …

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Explore on wheels – Self driving in Japan

Japan is covered with a vast network of rails. Trains and buses can get you anywhere. For most of our trips, public transport is our preferred choice. But, self drive trips are fun and easy too. In one of our latest trip, we squeezed in a self driving experience covering areas in the Kansai region. …

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Matsuya – eating on a budget

I have always preached that “eating out in Japan can be very affordable” and this can be achieved by dining in Japanese fast food restaurant. Well, I’m not referring to the Western meal of burgers and fries but our typical “Asian” meal of rice and soup. With over 800 restaurants in Japan, Matsuya (松屋) is …

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HyperDia-Tips to plan travel routes in Japan

What is HyperDia? Anyone who first come into contact with the Japanese train system map would be shocked by the massive train routes operated across the country. Sure blurr and stressss at first sight! How do we decipher this colourful criss-cross line map and know which is the best train route to take based on our …